09-25-2013, 10:01 AM
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  • Coyote
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First, Johnny, close your eyes.Biggrin

OK, I am thinking of trying my first badger brush. It appears that I can get pretty good bang for the buck on a 2-band Finest/Super/Best for $6o or less. What are your recommendations for a 22-24mm x 48-50mm Finest et al Badger Brush? Funds are tight with my new job so I don't need high dollar suggestions.
Retail business? Artisan?WSP Prince?Simpson Berkeley 46,Special 1,Commodore X1?EJ?Vulfix?Pre-Owned?

Bob

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 09-25-2013, 10:17 AM
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Bob, I would go with the WSP 2-band Prince if you want very good backbone.
If you want decent backbone at a cheap price, then a TGN Finest would be something to consider set at 45-48mm and also the Vintage Blades 2-band brush is a decent option and also Whipped Dog has some decent brushes.
Good luck.

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 09-25-2013, 10:18 AM
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Simpson Colonel 2XL

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 09-25-2013, 12:42 PM
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(09-25-2013, 10:01 AM)Coyote Wrote: First, Johnny, close your eyes.Biggrin

OK, I am thinking of trying my first badger brush. It appears that I can get pretty good bang for the buck on a 2-band Finest/Super/Best for $6o or less. What are your recommendations for a 22-24mm x 48-50mm Finest et al Badger Brush? Funds are tight with my new job so I don't need high dollar suggestions.
Retail business? Artisan?WSP Prince?Simpson Berkeley 46,Special 1,Commodore X1?EJ?Vulfix?Pre-Owned?

Bob

Bob, do you face lather or bowl lather? It makes a difference IMO since a face lather brush should be smaller than what can be used in a bowl, for the sake of your nostrils.

Too, what are you presently using?

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 09-25-2013, 12:47 PM
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  • Coyote
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I am wanting to get this one primarily for face lathering. I am currently bowl lathering with am Omega 10066 Boar.

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 09-25-2013, 01:53 PM
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From those, I would take the WSP Prince 2 band. The handle may be a bit small, but the quality of hair, massage and softness is great. But it's better for faceleathering.
The Simpson Colonel 2xl is a allrounder. Perfect for face and bowl.

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 09-25-2013, 03:39 PM
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You could have a nice custom tgn finest brush turned by an artisian

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 09-25-2013, 05:33 PM
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A Simpson Commodore would be a good choice.

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 09-25-2013, 08:02 PM
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Thanks Bob, that helps.

For face lathering most folks like a smaller brush than they would use in a boar for face lathering. They just work differently hence the size difference. My largest lofts in boar are 45mm and my best face lathering brushes in badger are 35-40mm, I have a few that go to 45mm, but they're beginning to get too big at that point. 45mm of loft is plenty for me and I don't want more.

Commodore X1 Best and Case Best in Simpsons Brushes would all be good and they won't break the bank. Also a Special in Best, but that's getting a mite small and you might not like it as a first badger. But larger means more badger hair and the price goes up accordingly. A Chubby1 in Best is a nice brush, but it's on the outside of what I think of as being suitable for face lathering with it's large knot diameter and 45mm of loft. But it's a nice wall of badger. I have no idea what they sell for new. I got mine on the b/s/t.

If you can mix epoxy get a TGN handle and one of their Finest knots. A 20mm would be fine and either set it to ~45mm yourself or pay TGN to do it for you. That will save you $ and it'll be a good brush. IMO it would also be on the large end of a face lathering brush. I have one and it's a favorite of mine.

Another way to get a great brush is to find one on the b/s/t if you're not in a hurry and can wait for the right brush to show up. One advantage to that is that you can ask the seller what the brush is like. I've gotten some mighty fine brushes from the b/s/t and saved some cash doing so. The Chubby1 being one and a Rooney 3/1 SuperSilvertip being another. Both are on the outside of the size for face lathering IMO, but are really nice brushes. I no longer remember what the Rooney sells for new; I think I paid $80 for mine. I think the Chubby1 was about the same price.

You could also post a WTB in that section and see what shows up. You don't need to take the first offered brush, you can wait for the right price and brush.

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 09-25-2013, 08:43 PM
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I love Simpson Brushes so I'd recommend Special, Case, Berkeley or Colonel in Best...This is in order of price...approx $40.00-$65.00 across the line...check out the handle designs and choose your favorite for face lathering!!! I don't think you could go wrong with any of these...I just want to note that although these are on the smaller end of Simpson's brush line - they will all be excellent performers that will Last, lather after lather...Enjoy the Badger Badger

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 09-26-2013, 06:22 AM
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For the money you can't beat a vintage blades 2-band. Excellent backbone with soft gel-like tips.

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 09-26-2013, 09:18 AM
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How about a New Forest 1901? Very cheap considering the quality and perfect for face lathering.

Paul

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 10-05-2013, 08:07 AM
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Fate, Karma, Timing, Luck????

I was fortunate to win a PIF down the road for an Omega 6192 Pure Badger Brush. It looks like this will be my first badger. I will have my first shave with it tomorrow. I know I will be adding another badger later on..........

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 10-05-2013, 08:19 AM
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(10-05-2013, 08:07 AM)Coyote Wrote: Fate, Karma, Timing, Luck????

I was fortunate to win a PIF down the road for an Omega 6192 Pure Badger Brush. It looks like this will be my first badger. I will have my first shave with it tomorrow. I know I will be adding another badger later on..........

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Excellent! Enjoy!

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 10-05-2013, 06:53 PM
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Enjoy the pure badger brush.

However, when the time comes, I suggest that you go to Shavemac, and use the 'Expert' palate to design your own brush in Finest. It may be about $90 or so. If you do, I would suggest having your loft set at less than twice the knot width. For example, 24 mm knot, try 45 or 46 mm loft as maximum.

This is what I have recently received and it is an excellent face latherer. I think that Shavemac Finest is one of the best buys around.

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 10-05-2013, 08:48 PM
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(10-05-2013, 06:53 PM)Teddyboy Wrote: I think that Shavemac Finest is one of the best buys around.

I have the finest knot in my Americana. It is simply outstanding! Perfect balance of strength and softness

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 10-06-2013, 02:59 AM
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Venturing into the badgers is a slippery slope.... let the addiction begin...

Enjoy the ride - and the shave!

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